Mesa will remain OPEN during our normal business hours. However, out of an abundance of caution and to do our part to help protect the community from further spread of COVID-19, the decision has been made that for the time being and starting Tuesday March 17th, we will no longer be allowing clients inside of the hospital building (with the exception of scheduled humane euthanasia appointments). Please see our FAQ page for more detailed information about how we will be carrying out our appointments.
Mesa Veterinary Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Animal Wellness

How can we help you?

You love your pet and want the best veterinary care available for them. Of course, making the right decision is also important, which is why we share information to help you make informed decisions about everything from routine procedures like immunizations and spay or neuter procedures to deciding whether surgery is the right choice for your pet.

We spend plenty of time with our pet parents and invite you to ask questions that help you feel confident in your pet’s medical care. Some of our most common questions are listed here. If you don’t see yours, please contact Mesa Veterinary Hospital, and one of our helpful team members will be sure to take care of you.

Animal Wellness

If you have a pet that stays close to home and never visits dog parks or requires boarding, you might be questioning the necessity of the long list of possible immunizations that many animal hospitals recommend. 

At Mesa Veterinary Hospital, we take time getting to know your pets and your household habits so that we can recommend beneficial immunizations and eliminate the unnecessary ones. We avoid overmedication whenever possible and take a conservative, yet responsible, approach to looking after your pet.

That being said, some immunizations are species-specific, and their widespread use had helped to keep animals healthy by nearly eradicating certain illnesses. Pets that go outside can get into rodent waste and urine or come into contact with diseased animals without their owner’s knowledge. Our vets also stay informed about trends in pet illnesses, such as changes in heartworm risk and canine influenza outbreaks. We often adjust our recommendations based on changes specific to Colorado.

Jefferson County, Coloradom requires that both dogs and cats have current licenses displayed on their collars, which they wear at all times, even indoors. In order to license your pet, Jefferson County requires either a one- or three-year rabies vaccination and certificate, which we will provide in our Golden vet clinic.

You know your pet better than anyone, but our furry and feathered friends do not always show signs of pain or disease and often do not let on that anything has changed at all. Changes in your pet’s health can be so subtle and progress so slowly over time that they may go unnoticed. Yearly examinations allow us to establish a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship.

Your pet’s wellness exam and yearly exams will give our experienced vets an opportunity to identify any conditions or diseases that may be silent and asymptomatic to an untrained eye. Most diseases and medical issues are less costly and simpler to treat when detected early. Your pet may also have a more favorable prognosis when problems are detected early.

Your dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or snake will receive a nose to tail exam that includes the evaluation of vital signs and temperature, thorough oral exam, and any necessary blood work to ensure your pet is happy and healthy.

This is also a great time to discuss any changes in your pet’s behavior or dietary habits, which can indicate medical issues.

Prevention is as essential for pets as it is for humans, and your investment in wellness exams can help your pet live a longer and healthier life doing all of the things they enjoy – chasing the ball, playing with squeaky mice, or curling up under a warm heat lamp, waiting for the next cricket snack to pass by.

 If you are searching for experienced vets who love their relationships with pets and humans alike, contact Mesa Veterinary Hospital.

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